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Two die after ceiling collapse at Cambodia shoe factory

Rescue teams and soldiers look for workers after the ceiling collapse at the shoe factory in Kampong Speu yesterday. Photo: AFP

A ceiling collapse at a factory making Asics trainers in Cambodia killed two workers yesterday, fuelling concerns about workplace safety following last month's industrial disaster in Bangladesh. Local rescue teams, helped by soldiers, scrambled to search through the rubble of the fallen structure, which appeared to have been on a mezzanine level laden with crates of trainers.

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 1:52am

The shame of Sichuan's tofu schools

Tang Yulan, 40, weeps amid the ruins of Beichuan Middle School, a month after losing her only daughter in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. About 4,700 schoolchildren died when more than 7,000 schools collapsed. Photo: Ricky Chung

Five years after the deadly earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan, dozens of parents are still seeking justice for children who died when their shoddily built schools collapsed. Other families, however, have abandoned their struggle over the years, under immense pressure from the government.

6 May 2013 - 12:07pm 3 comments

Bangladesh workers vent fury over building collapse as death toll tops 400

Garment workers shout slogans as they block a street during a protest to demand capital punishment for those responsible for the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka on Tuesday Photo: Reuters

Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis joined May Day protests on Wednesday to demand the execution of textile bosses over the collapse of a factory complex, as rescuers warned the final toll could be more than 500.

2 May 2013 - 10:00am

Hopes fading for survivors at Bangladesh disaster site

Bangladeshi rescue workers conduct a search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Savar, Bangladesh. Photo: AP

The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing hundreds of garment workers was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India, police said, as fears grew that the death toll could rise sharply with as many as 900 still missing.

2 May 2013 - 10:07am

Bosses arrested over deadly Bangladesh factory collapse

Rescuers carry a survivor out of the rubble at Rana Plaza building in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Xinhua

Bangladesh made a series of arrests yesterday over the collapse of a factory complex which killed at least 341 as rescuers braved the stench of rotting corpses to look for any more signs of life.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dozens pulled alive from Dhaka factory as toll hits 256

A survivor is lifted out of the rubble by rescuers at the site where a garment factory that collapsed in Savar. Photo: AP

Dozens of workers were found alive on Thursday as they huddled in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory bloc in Bangladesh, a rare success for rescuers who have pulled out 256 bodies. In an announcement greeted by wild applause from thousands of relatives at the scene, an army spokesman initially announced that 40 survivors had been discovered together in a room, but the figure was later revised to 24.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:29am 1 comment

Another quake for teenager who survived school collapse in 2008

Zou Hongmei

Teenager Zou Hongmei, who was in Yingxiu at the centre of the 2008 quake, said she was so frightened yesterday morning that she burst into tears when she realised she was in another quake. Even though the epicentre of yesterday's quake was over 150 kilometres away, she felt the earth moving.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:40am

Tanzanians dig for survivors after building collapse

A rescuer guides the hook of a crane to remove rubble from a collapsed building in Dar es Salaam. Photo: AP

A building under construction collapsed in the centre of Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam on Friday and rescuers searched for survivors under the rubble, with conflicting reports about the number of dead.

30 Mar 2013 - 1:19am

Lessons in safety need to be learned again

Blocks on Ma Tau Wai Road are being demolished following the fatal collapse. Photo: David Wong

Whenever a terrible disaster occurs, whether it is a fatal blaze or ferry collision, the questions asked are the same. How did it happen? Is anyone responsible? And above all, how can it be avoided? It is as much about doing justice to those who suffer as learning our lesson. It is imperative that no questions are left unanswered.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Repairman fined HK$10,000 over To Kwa Wan building collapse

Chu Wai-wing, 77, leaves Kowloon City Court yesterday. He was the only person prosecuted over the To Kwa Wan case. Photo: Edward Wong

Chu Wai-wing, 77, the only person prosecuted over the 2010 collapse, which killed four people, maintained he was a "scapegoat" shouldering all the blame, which the Buildings Department should have shared.

7 Mar 2013 - 7:06am